EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Spin out of contact

in Footwork and evasion, Rugby drills

Develop another evasive skill for the ball carrier by encouraging them to spin just before the tackle. The footwork needs experimenting with because it can unbalance players. Although spinning before contact slows you down a little and is less confrontational, there are occasions when it can allow you to break free from a defender and move into a space. MORE

Breaking out of the pod

in Attack, Rugby drills

Don’t let your attack become stuck in a one-size-fits-all pod of three players. Test the decision-making skills of the team. The three-player pod allows an additional attacking option to open when the defence doesn’t align to match your attack. MORE

The Final: The Remarkable and Untold Story of the...

in Podcast

The remarkable and untold story of the 2014 Rugby World Cup winning England side from the view of their coaches, Gary Street and Graham Smith. In this episode, winning a World Cup twice, watching the same game every week, abandoning a bus on a traffic island, ‘Paul McGinley didn’t coach them did he?’, Alex Payne, Johnny Hammond, Nick Heath’s 'Never Forget' and ‘It wasn’t our choice'. MORE

The Final: The Remarkable and Untold Story of the...

in Girls/Womens, Podcast

The remarkable and untold story of the 2014 Rugby World Cup winning England side from the view of their coaches, Gary Street and Graham Smith. In this episode, approaches to the selection of Captain, why its not a sacrifice to play for your country, ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’, guns, bullets and the team begin their journey at the 2014 Rugby World Cup in France. MORE

The Final: The Remarkable and Untold Story of the...

in Girls/Womens, Podcast

The remarkable and untold story of the 2014 Rugby World Cup winning England side from the view of their coaches, Gary Street and Graham Smith. In this episode, recovering from a World Cup final loss, the power of a Post It note, ‘Toughen Up Tuesdays’, random Tornado's and how a 'wet Wednesday in Waikato’ in 2013 was so significant. MORE

The Final: The Remarkable and Untold Story of the...

in Podcast

The remarkable and untold story of the 2014 Rugby World Cup winning England side from the view of their coaches, Gary Street and Graham Smith. In this episode, early forays into the women's game, creating monsters, hotels 'down the road’, how one tackle in 2006 changed the face of English women’s rugby and the how pain of the 2010 World Cup Final loss drove them both towards 2014. MORE

Graham Smith: The modern scrum

in Rugby drills

Eamonn Hogan chats with World Cup winning Graham Smith about the modern scrum. Graham, who is a level 5 coach, coached England Women to a World Cup in 2014 and six Grand Slams. He has coached with the Worcester Academy, CN Poble Nou in Spain, Stoke and Moseley RFC. Graham and Eamonn cover the following... MORE

Onto the fringe and into the fire

in Defence, Rugby drills

One of the most difficult things to teach a group of players is their ability to change from a defensive mindset to an attacking one effectively. Here is an activity that does just that. Make the players think that they need to defend as an organised unit and then be able to attack at pace when the ball is turned over. It’s not going to be easy. MORE

Three column counter attacks

in Attack, Kicking & Catching

Develop a long passing counter-attack game which includes accurate kicking, fielding and moving the ball to space out of your 22. Use this whole pitch exercise to work on the right skills. In a territorial kicking game, your backfield cover needs to be confident to field kicks, pass long and either kick long or run back. MORE

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